[USA UNDER-18 MEN] Former U.S. World Cup midfielder Eddie Lewis is guiding the U.S. under-18 men’s national team on its annual trip to the U-18 International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal. The squad includes highly regarded Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) and Dembakwi Yomba (Atletico Madrid), who have all signed pre-contracts with European clubs, plus goalie Jonathan Klinsmann, son of the U.S. World Cup coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Lewis will serve as head coach
while U-18 head coach Javier Perez assists with the senior national team as it prepares for the World Cup in Brazil.
Rubin will officially be
registered at Utrecht on July 1, while Akale, who was named the tournament MVP at the Copa del Atlantico in February in the Canary Islands, and Yomba must wait until they turn 18 to be eligible to
sign with their Spanish clubs.
Other players in the U-18 squad include Tommy Redding, who debuted with USL PRO leader Orlando City, and RSL AZ
scoring star Sebastian Saucedo. Mauricio Pineda, one of three players from the Chicago Fire Academy, is the lone player
playing in his first international competition.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine
Strikers), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes academy)
DEFENDERS (5): Chase Gasper (Bethesda Olney), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy academy), Quentin Pearson
(Colorado Rapids academy), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire academy), Tommy Redding (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder
academy), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire academy), Brooks Lennon (RSL AZ), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire academy), Maduabuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG), Sebastian Saucedo (RSL AZ), Ben Swanson (Crew
FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas academy), Sebastian Elney (Boca United), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire)